The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department has continued to carry out evacuations on a court-ordered basis since the pandemic began for the first time this week, stopping them abruptly on Friday.
Deputies moved forward by relocating three households on Wednesday and scheduled 19 homes for next week on Thursday. Nancy Crowley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said no one was evacuated between March 12 and November 12 when the court granted special conditions for various emergency orders.
But Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said he would postpone the operation in an intensified manner after health officials executed the order for the new shelter on Friday afternoon.
“Given the accelerated rise of COVID-19 and significant restrictions due to yesterday’s order by Mayor Breed and Governor News, the sheriff will voluntarily postpone the execution of these orders until a safe time,” the Sheriff’s Department said. In the statement of the examiner. “If the court rules that health and safety are obligatory, the sheriff will continue to enforce the records until then.”
Groups including Evication Defense Collaborative, Bay Area Legal Aid, Asian American Advancing Justice and Tenderloin Housing Clinic sent a letter to Miyamoto on Friday morning asking for an end to the evictions. Although not yet considered, they cited a A recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles Coronavirus cases and deaths were higher in countries where moratoriums were lifted.
“We all see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Kary Gold, director of litigation and policy at Eviction Defense Collaborative, told the Examiner. “But that tunnel is still long. In December, January, and February, when it is cold and rainy, it is hard to evict someone. Let’s add COVID to it, you don’t have a beautiful picture. “
Gold added that if relocations are taking place, there should be more housing to avoid being left homeless, but urban under the shelter hotel program provided emergency asylum.
Crowley initially said a local moratorium on most relocations had been announced on November 30 to force the resettlement to resume. California Assembly Bill 3088, an emergency copyright protection law, would not allow the city to impose a new local moratorium on evictions until Feb. 1 because it has not paid for the coronavirus.
The bill establishes state rules against evictions of non-payers, provided that tenants pay 25 percent of the rent from January 31 through September. The financial consequences of a particular form of pandemic are always confirmed. If the lessors do not pay the rent, the settlement can be made in court after February 1, after sunset.
The Board of Supervisors passed a separate law in October Prohibits copying without any fault Until March, according to AB 3088. Resettlement is still ongoing in San Francisco in cases involving violence, abuse, health or safety, and copying of the Ellis Act.
“If we didn’t follow the court’s orders, we would disrespect the court,” Crowley said. “We can’t decide on these things.”
However, the tenant’s lawyers remain unclear about the timing of the Sheriff’s Department’s actions. Miyamoto announced in March that he would not demand eviction The city held an anti-coronavirus event and pursued that policy until November 12, which was a special occasion, despite some relocation processes taking place in the courts.
“They have already delayed court orders several months ago,” said Shanti Singh, a spokeswoman for the Tenants Union, before Miyamoto changed course. “If they didn’t plan to evict me then, I don’t know what their excuse is now,” he said. There is no rhyme or reason why they should start again. ”
The federal moratorium on evictions will continue until December 31 due to non-payment of rent to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The California Judicial Council has already suspended most evictions, but overturned a temporary amendment in September that led to state law. Proponents of tenants such as Singh have criticized the move.
The exact reasons for the forced evictions this week are still unknown; The San Francisco Apartments Association, which represents the San Francisco Supreme Court as well as homeowners, did not respond to a press release.
The author, who banned evictions, praised former tenant attorney Dean Preston Miamoto for imposing an initial ban in March and urged him to reconsider.
“I think the simplified version, in fact, by state law, allows for some resettlement to move forward, and there are a lot of cases where it’s on the sheriff’s desk to do that,” Preston said. “The transition to AB 3088 has made it possible to download without paying a fee.”